Setting up the Linksys mesh router using your mobile device

This article will teach you how to set up the Linksys mesh router using your mobile device.

Before you begin:

  • Download the latest Linksys app.  For Android™ devices, click here.  For iOS devices, click here.
  • Parent router:  A parent router is a router connected to your modem or modem router (gateway). 
  • Child router:  A child router is another supported router that extends your network.

NOTE:  Connect your modem or gateway to the internet port on the router.  If you have just a standard modem, you may need to power cycle it.


NOTE:  Images may vary depending on the device you're using.  In this article, an iOS device is used.

Step 1:
Power ON the router and wait for the light to turn solid purple.

Step 2:
Launch the Linksys app and tap on Set up a New Wi-Fi Network.


Step 3:
Tap on Mesh WiFi Router (MR Series).


Step 4:
Turn ON Bluetooth® if prompted.  


NOTE:  If you’d rather set up the router without Bluetooth, tap on I would rather set up without Bluetooth to set up the router via WiFi instead.  You will have to connect your mobile device to the default WiFi name and enter the password located at the bottom of the router.

Step 5:
Plug in the router, tap Next, and follow the instructions in the Linksys app.


Step 6:
If the light on the router is blinking purple, tap on Yes, it’s Blinking Purple; otherwise, tap on No, It’s Not Blinking Purple for further instructions.


Step 7:
The Linksys app will check the internet connection.



NOTE:  If an internet connection is not detected especially for PPPoE connections or if you have a static IP address, you will be prompted to check your wiring.


If a connection is still not found, tap on Do you have ISP settings to enter and select your internet connection type.



Step 8:
Tap Create Account to create a Linksys cloud account or tap on Log in here to enter your existing credentials.


Step 9: 
The Linksys app will link the router to your Linksys cloud account.

Step 10:
Create a name and password for your WiFi then tap on Next.


Step 11:
Select a name that best describes the location of the router you are currently setting up and tap on Next.


Step 12:
The router is now set up.  Tap on Next.


Step 13:
If you have another router to add, tap on Add a Node; otherwise, tap on Skip this step.  You can always add a router to your network from within the Linksys app settings.


Step 14:
On the next screen, tap on Next.


Step 15:
Tap on Go to Dashboard.  You can now connect your WiFi clients to your WiFi including the mobile device you used for setting up the router.


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